Thursday, October 07, 2010

Obamacare - Is The Public Option Dead?

Is the so-called public option in Obamacare dead? Some don't think so. Left wing blogger Huffington is sporting a post today suggesting there is still hope for those who want a public health insurance option. According to Dr. Abrams who it appears has never practiced medicine nor run a health insurance company, Democrats can still exploit a little publicized provision in Obamacrap to sweep them into office and create even more bureaucracy at the state level.

Apparently no one told Dr. Abrams the states are broke.

Although a federal 'public option' failed to make it into the law, states were granted the power to generate their own public option.

There you have it. Public insurance run by the states. The same states that are complaining about the addition of millions of uninsured's to Medicaid and wondering how care for the masses will be funded without massive tax hikes.

There's your answer.

States, like the federal government, have almost unlimited authority to raise taxes at will. For some reason people seem to think if it comes from the government it must be free. Those are the same people who believe that corporations pay taxes and you can't get pregnant if you do "it" standing up.

If I were running anywhere this year, for governor or state legislature, I would propose that my state enact a public option for itself. Its costs would be negligible, as the federal government provides the necessary subsidies to enable those who cannot afford it to buy it, whether it is from a private insurer or the state.

Costs would be negligible. Gotta love it. 

Raise your hand if you believe in subsidies that will last forever, if they even materialize at all. If you raised your hand you probably live in one of the 57 states and voted for having your health insurance premiums lowered by $2,000 and still believe if you like the plan you have you can keep it.

To paraphrase Mark Twain, according to HuffPo, "Reports of the public option being dead are greatly exaggerated".

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